Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Master Cleanse, Day 10

Today is day 10 of the Master Cleanse, the number of days considered the minimum necessary to achieve some level of benefit from the MC. The first time I did the MC, I went for 10 days. This time, I had planned to go for 21, but an upcoming trip is forcing to me to cut it at 17 - that will allow me a few days to break the fast in the right way and transition back to solid foods.

What is the Master Cleanse? - Basically, it's a juice fast designed to shut down the body's digestive processes so toxins can be eliminated. This is done by drinking a senna tea in the evening, a salt water flush in the morning (32 oz of water with 2 teaspoons of celtic sea salt) and then 6-10 lemonades (10 oz of water, 2 tablespoons each fresh lemon juice and grade B maple syrup) and water throughout the day.

So, how am I doing? - This cleanse has been far easier than the last one. I've worked out 9 of the 10 days so far (well, 8 0f 9 as I haven't worked out yet today, but I will) and have had amazing amounts of energy. Sleep's been good, dreams have been very entertaining, cravings have been minimal. That's not to say I haven't had cravings, but they've been pretty mild. Nothing so strong that I thought about quitting. The best cure for a craving or a feeling of hunger is to drink more lemonade. A few sips and those feelings are gone. Overall, I feel fantastic!

Detox symptoms? - Everyone's detox symptoms vary. So far I've had a couple of minor headaches, and the hiccups (actually, I don't know if that's a symptom of detox or not) and I've been cold. I'm normally a cold person anyway, but it's been worse these last 10 days. The "coldies" are a fairly common symptom. I also have the coated tongue associated with the MC. The coated tongue is a sure sign your body is detoxing and as it clears up and returns to pink, you can see yourself getting "clean."

Results so far? As of this morning, I'm down 9.6 pounds. While the MC isn't a diet, the weight loss is definite side benny. The other major benefit and a big part of why I do this, is that my brain is now reprogramed not to want all the crap I spent the holiday's eating. Instead of craving cookies or sweets, I've been thinking a lot about the fruits and vegetables I'll get to eat when I break this fast. In fact, I plan to incorporate about 75% raw foods into my diet after this as part of my plan to continue losing weight until I hit my target.

Questions? Comments? Let me know what you want to know!

13 comments:

  1. Wow. Good for you. I don't know if I'd make it a day without chewing something. I'm proud of you!

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  2. Awesome!

    I had terrible caffeine withdrawals. Being the lame-o I am, I quite after 9 hours. LOL!

    But I think it's great you've done it for so long. :)

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  3. Wow, that is awesome. Where did you find an instruction guide to walk you through how to do this?

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  4. Coffee? I love coffee. Yes, I'm addicted.

    I'm gearing up. I don't know if I can do 10 days (I'm hypoglycemic) but I plan on trying.

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  5. Wow, I don't know how you do this!! I could never do it because I'm on so many meds for my blood sugar. LOL. Kudos to you.

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  6. I know I couldn't do this but more power to you for sticking with it! Keep it up sweets! :)

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  7. What incredibly self-control you have!

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  8. Very interesting. What great self-control. I'm not sure I'm strong enough!

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  9. Wow, go you. I've tried to fast before but I get the shakes and always end up eating. So you're saying you haven't eaten anything? I think I would faint. Seriously.
    But the idea makes me want to detox. The thought of having a clean body is very appealing.
    Good luck and thanks for sharing. :-)

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  10. Good for you, Kristen!

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  11. You are superwoman. :) Good for you!

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  12. You are a much braver woman than I am. Much success!

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  13. most people that just give up during the master cleanse don't understand the cleanse "hump" that everyone goes through. Detox symptoms are signs of your body cleaning.

    Good job

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